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About Nautilus

Nautilus has been a provider of quality geoscience training to the oil and gas industry since 1998. The 2008 offering of Calgary-based classes which are open for public enrollment marks a first for Nautilus – historically, our courses have only been available to companies who are members of the Geoscience Training Alliance (GTA). 

Nautilus launched the GTA in the UK in 1998 with 6 member companies and an audience of 450 geoscientists.  We set up our U.S. operation in 2001 and now have more than 50 members internationally and an audience exceeding 5000, with new companies joining on a regular basis. The 2008 GTA Program will include approximately 250 classes, and has grown because of its world-leading combination of choice, quality and reliability.  Nautilus is now – by some distance – the most significant provider of geoscience training to the oil and gas industry in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. The portfolio contains a high proportion of field classes - this is where geoscientists learn best.

The GTA is an alliance. Nautilus manages the program on behalf of the members, who in turn provide guidance, tutors, feedback, data and venues. The program is constantly refreshed, with approximately 20% of the courses undergoing a significant update and new courses being added each year. Because the member companies commit to purchase a certain level of training through a multi-year contract cycle, the frequency of cancelled classes is very low.

Please contact Nautilus if you would like to learn more about our members-only GTA program: info@nautilusworld.com.

The GTA Program is the mainstay of Nautilus training and caters to experienced staff. 

Classroom courses range from 2 to 5 days in length and can be lecture or workshop format.  Most classes include exercises, many on a computer or workstation, and some include half day excursions. 

Field trips are generally 5-7 days long and are attended by technical assistants through to senior geoscientists. Participants obtain considerable benefit from the discussions occurring on a course between participants from different backgrounds.

There are over 40 classroom titles and 40 field course titles on the 2008 GTA program.

The Foundation Program was created to cater to the growing number of recent graduates entering the industry.

Demographics show two distinct populations in our member companies: experienced staff and recent hires. While the GTA provides excellent training for more experienced staff, a gap existed for new recruits.

Nautilus introduced the Foundation Program to fill the gap, initially in the U.S. in 2004 and then in Europe in 2005. The Foundation Program comprises a range of courses specifically designed for staff with 0-5 years of experience. It is also suitable for those wanting cross-discipline training.

There are about 25 titles on the 2008 Foundation Program.


A program of class and field-based courses has been developed to serve the growing demand from member companies in the Far East.  The program, a mix of foundation and advanced level classes, was initially offered in Kuala Lumpur in 2007.  Perth will be added as a delivery venue in 2008.

There are 21 titles on the 2008 SEAA Program.

The success and quality of the Nautilus geoscience training program encouraged member companies to ask Nautilus to offer training in specific areas of Petroleum Engineering.  Nautilus responded by forming the Engineering Training Alliance (ETA). Our first engineering courses were delivered in Houston in 2007.

The courses are a mix of foundation level (1/3) and intermediate to advanced level (2/3).  Focus is on reservoir engineering, although other Petroleum Engineering topics are covered as well.  The program will likely expand to Europe in late 2008 or 2009.

There are 14 titles on the 2008 ETA Program.